«Robots should be slaves» //// Theory Tuesday, 13.11.18

«Robots should be slaves» by Joanna J. Bryson
Selected by Rémi Jaccard
Tuesday, November 13 2018 | 8pm at Reseda Lochergut
The robots are coming! When they do, you’ll command a host of push-button servants. | Modern Mechanix, 1957
Robots should not be described as persons, nor given legal nor moral responsibility for their actions. Robots are fully owned by us. We determine their goals and behaviour, either directly or indirectly through specifying their intelligence or how their intelligence is acquired. In humanising them, we not only further dehumanise real people, but also encourage poor human decision making in the allocation of resources and responsibility. This is true at both the individual and the institutional level. This chapter describes both causes and consequences of these errors, including consequences already present in society. I make specific proposals for best incorporating robots into our society. The potential of robotics should be understood as the potential to extend our own abilities and to address our own goals.

All Theory Tuesdays sessions are free and open to the public, however it’s encouraged that you read the relevant PDF before attending.

The PDF and more info can be found on the Theory Tuesdays Website


Theory Tuesday //// 4.4.17, Kunsthalle Zürich

Theory Tuesdays is a non-academic platform for theoretical discussion founded, organized and coordinated by artist Philip Matesic since 2009. Participants read beforehand then discuss art, design, literary, cultural and critical theory texts on a weekly basis, with the texts selected and introduced each week by a different person. The platform has operated under this «Each One, Teach One» philosophy since its conception. For the Theory Tuesdays session on April 4 at Kunsthalle I’ll present: 
Martin Herbert: Tell Them I Said No
Sternberg Press 2016
This collection of essays by Martin Herbert considers various artists who have withdrawn from the art world or adopted an antagonistic position toward its mechanisms. A large part of the artist’s role in today’s professionalized art system is being present. Providing a counterargument to this concept of self-marketing, Herbert examines the nature of retreat, whether in protest, as a deliberate conceptual act, or out of necessity. By illuminating these motives, Tell Them I Said No offers a unique perspective on where and how the needs of the artist and the needs of the art world diverge. Essays on Lutz Bacher, Stanley Brouwn, Christopher D’Arcangelo, Trisha Donnelly, David Hammons, Agnes Martin, Cady Noland, Laurie Parsons, Charlotte Posenenske, and Albert York.

Martin Herbert is a writer and critic living in Berlin. He is associate editor of ArtReview and writes for international art journals. Previous books include The Uncertainty Principle (2014) and Mark Wallinger (2011).


All Theory Tuesdays sessions are free and open to the public, however it’s encouraged that you read the relevant PDF before attending: http://theorytuesdays.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Tell-Them-I-Said-No-Herbert.pdf

Rückblick: Vortrag zu Street Art

Magic City | Dresden, 18.2.2017
Street Art – Geschenk oder Straftat?

Street Art bewegt sich immer zwischen den Polen «Kunst, die gratis allen zur Verfügung steht» auf der einen und «bösartiger Sachschaden» auf der anderen Seite. In seinem Vortrag Street Art – Geschenk oder Straftat erläutert und beleuchtet Dr. Rémi Jaccard die zentralen Aspekte dieses vermeintlichen Gegensatzpaares.

1_dresdenChristoph Scholz / Blek le Rat / PR-Frau / Colin Day / Hera

Magic City – Die Kunst der Strasse
Eine Ausstellung, wie Sie sie noch nie gesehen haben. Auf 2.500 m2 präsentiert sie die wohl lebendigste und phantasievollste Kunstform der Gegenwart, die Street Art, in ihrer ganzen Vielfalt: politisch, lyrisch, bissig, kritisch – und immer unterhaltsam.  Vom 18. bis 19. Februar wird die MAGIC CITY 30 Stunden lang geöffnet sein! Währenddessen warten an jeder Ecke Überraschungen auf Euch: kostenlose Führungen, Vorträge, Street Art zum Mitmachen und als Highlight die Europapremiere der Dokumentation «Saving Banksy» von Colin Day.
Ab 13.4.17 in München | magiccity.de
Vortrag Rémi Jaccard: Samstag, 12.08.17

Anarchie! Fakten und Fiktionen /// Strauhof


Wo steht die Anarchie heute — welche Spuren hat das Streben nach einem herrschaftsfreien Leben in der Literatur und im Alltag hinterlassen?


Mit Beiträgen von Annette Amberg, anonym, Plinio Bachmann, bblackboxx, Ricco Bilger, Nora Bossong, Katja Brunner, Mischa Brutschin, Renata Burckhardt, CIRA Lausanne, Ann Cotten, Florian Eitel, Frauengruppe ASZ, Fucking Good Art, Christian Haller, Jürg Halter, Cathérine Hug, Karin Huser, Rémi Jaccard, James Joyce Stiftung, Urs Marti, Roger Monnerat, Antonin Rohdich, Cyril Schäublin, Gesa Schneider, Philip Sippel, Carlo Spiller, Tilo Steireif, Wolfgang Sterneck, Lara Stoll, Valentina Vetturi, Wollsäue und Lindt Goldhasen, Julia Zutavern, Stefan Zweifel

10/06 – 04/09/2016

Augustinergasse 9 | 8001 Zürich
Mi/Fr 12–18 Uhr | Do 12–24 Uhr | Sa/So 11–17 Uhr


17.9.2015 – artist’s talk: Bettina Mürner //// Binz39

Herzliche Einladung zum
Donnerstag, 17. September, 18 Uhr
Leitung: Rémi Jaccard
Bettina Mürner wird einen Einblick in ihre aktuelle Ausstellung in der BINZ39 geben. Anschliessend folgt eine offene Diskussionsrunde über Räumlichkeit und Raumwahrnehmung.
Die Veranstaltung findet im Rahmen der Ausstellung «Negative Space» statt, die noch bis zum 26. September 2015 läuft.
Weitere Informationen unter: www.binz39.ch

THEORY TUESDAY 3.4.2015 | Session 136 /// The Artist’s Contract

During this Theory Tuesdays session, Rémi Jaccard will present The Artist’s Reserved Rights Transfer And Sale Agreement by Seth Siegelaub and Bob Projansky from 1971.


«In the seminal Artist’s Reserved Rights, Transfer and Sale Agreement, drafted in 1971 with the lawyer, Bob Projansky, the legendary Conceptual art dealer and curator, Seth Siegelaub created a model contract for artists to protect their economic and authorial rights when selling their work. This legal document/manifesto also known as The Artist’s Contract (which would prove to be Siegelaub’s final gesture as a dealer/curator) contains many controversial and forward-looking conditions. In particular, it provides that artists should be compensated at the time of the re-sale or transfer of their work if it has appreciated in value and are able to control the public exhibition of the work following its transfer. Siegelaub and Projansky further stipulated that the Artist’s Contract should be legally binding upon future owners of the artwork through its repeated ratification linking collectors to the artist in a chain of covenants.»
-Daniel McClean, moussemagazine.it

It’s encouraged that you read the contract beforehand to participate in the discussion. The session will be held in English.
Here is a LINK to find The Artist’s Reserved Rights Transfer And Sale Agreement in English, German, French and Italian.

Theory Tuesday
March 3, 2015 | 8pm

Counter Space
Röschibachstr. 24 | 8037 Zurich | 2nd Floor

«DEVORATION» by FUZI-UVTPK /////// 11.11.2014 | 20h, Corner College

During this Theory Tuesdays session, Rémi Jaccard will be presenting excerpts from «DEVORATION» by FUZI-UVTPK.


«In the mid-1990s, French artist FUZI-UVTPK pioneered a form of graffiti known as Ignorant Style. In 2005, he took his Ignorant Style-art to people’s skins, and has since developed an international following. In 2013 alone, he has tattooed clients such as Os Gemeos, Diplo, Justice, Kavinsky, and Scarlett Johansson. In DEVORATION he talks about radicalism, graffiti, art and violence.»

The text and session will be held in English. It’s encouraged that you read the text excerpts beforehand to participate in the discussion. Text is downloadable on the link below.

Each One, Teach One
Theory Tuesdays
Tuesday, 11.11., 8pm

Kochstrasse 1
CH-8004 Zürich